A United States Court document has detailed conversations between Nigeria celebrated Deputy Commissioner of Police, Abba Kyari, and international internet fraudster, Hushpuppi regarding bribery and arrest of another suspected fraudster. Hushpuppi, who recently pleaded guilty in the United States of America, had narrated how he bribed Abba Kyari.
Officials said in court filings that Hushpuppi disclosed during interrogation that he paid bribes to Nigeria’s police chief, Abba Kyari, to have one of his rivals arrested and jailed in Nigeria following a dispute of over a $1.1 million dupe of a Qatari businessman.
Hushpuppi had asked Abba Kyari to arrest and jail a fellow fraudster named Kelly Chibuzor Vincent after both were locked in a dispute over how to share the $1.1 million loot received from the Qatari businessman. Kelly Chibuzor Vincent subsequently contacted the victim and informed them that they were being scammed by a syndicate involving him and Hushpuppi.
This elicited anger from Hushpuppi, who contacted Abba Kyari to arrest and jail his rival over the dispute. Hushpuppi said Abba Kyari sent pictures of Kelly Chibuzor Vincent in jail and subsequently sent a bank account number to Hushpuppi, to which a wire transfer should be made having done a good job.
Unfortunately, Abba Kyari had taken to his Facebook page to react to the allegation, claiming he only assisted Hushpuppi to get native clothes and caps worth over N300,000. Although he admitted to arresting Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, he said it was after Hushpuppi alleged that Kelly Chibuzor Vincent was threatening his family here in Nigeria.
Abba Kyari denied knowing about the relationship between Hushpuppi and Kelly Chibuzor Vincent at the initial stage and later discovered Kelly Chibuzor Vincent and Hushpuppi had a misunderstanding over the said amount of money.
He also said he never demanded any money from Hushpuppi, adding that he and his team were focused on saving people who were being threatened. But, the court document proves otherwise, showing clearly that Abba Kyari claims were lies.
According to the document, after an earlier discussion with Abba Kyari, Abba Kyari requested for Kelly Chibuzor Vincent contact details, which Hushpuppi provided. Hushpuppi forwarded the contact details to Abba Kyari and on 15th January 2020, Hushpuppi sent an audio recording to Abba Kyari via WhatsApp, stating that he wanted to remind Abba Kyari about what they discussed earlier.
On 16th January 2020, Hushpuppi sent the following threats to Kelly Chibuzor Vincent and I read; “I dey always tell people to think well before they offend me and make them make sure they fit stand the consequences when the time comes. I won’t say more than that but very soon, very, very soon, the wrath of my hands shall find you and when it does, it will damage you forever. At this point I no get discussion with you, you have committed a crime that won’t be forgiven, that is punishable and you shall receive punishment in due time. I swear with my life, you will regret messing with me, you will even wish you died before my hands will touch you.”
Later on, Abba Kyari confirmed the arrest and detention of Kelly Chibuzor Vincent to Hushpuppi, who requested for an account number to which he will send the bribe meant for Abba Kyari’s team members. Hushpuppi also pleaded with Abba Kyari to inform his team members to deal with Vincent like an armed robber.
First, Abba Kyari sent a message to Hushpuppi saying; “We would pick him up today or tomorrow.” Hushpuppi wrote him back saying; “I will take care of the team after they pick him up.”
Abba Kyari replied Hushpuppi saying; “Yes ooo.”
The court document also stated that on 20th January 2020, Abba Kyari sent biographical, identifying information of Kelly Chibuzor Vincent to Hushpuppi. Hushpuppi confirmed it saying; “that is him sir.” Abba Kyari stated; “We have arrested the guy. He is in my cell now. This is his picture after we arrested him today.”
After receiving the photograph of Kelly Chibuzor Vincent, Hushpuppi said; “I want him to go through serious beating of his life.” In response to Abba Kyari’s question about what Kelly Chibuzor Vincent had done to him, Hushpuppi sent Abba Kyari an audio message.
Hushpuppi said; “What he did is, I have one job. The job wants to pay me $1.1 million. Then he went to message the job behind my back and try to divert the money and in this process he told him that the job is fake.”
After listening to the message, Abba Kyari simply said he understood without requesting other information or evidence relating to Kelly Chibuzor Vincent role in the scheme, or any questions about the nature of the transaction, the document added.
Hushpuppi further said he wanted to pay money to send Kelly Chibuzor Vincent to jail for a long time, stating; “Please sir I want to spend money to send this boy to jail, let him go for a very long time.” Abba Kyari responded, “Ok bro, I understand I will discuss with my team who arrested him and handling the case. We will do something about it.”
Hushpuppi responded; “Let me know how I can send money to the team sir, let them deal with him like armed robber.” Abba Kyari responded, “OK I will send their account details to u.”
Hushpuppi further wrote, “He betrayed me and tried to take food out of my mouth, this is great punishable sin,” and Abba Kyari responded, “Yeah bro.” Hushpuppi said, “I want him to suffer for many years.” Abba Kyari responded; “Hahahaha Hahahaha.”
The document stated that about some minutes later, Abba Kyari provided the account information for a bank account at a Nigerian bank, Zenith Bank, in the name of a person other than Abba Kyari himself. Hushpuppi responded “Ok sir, tomorrow by noon.”
This showed that Hushpuppi planned to pay the Nigeria Police Force officers who arrested Kelly Chibuzor Vincent for that service. A part of the document stated; ”This was not the only time that Hushpuppi arranged payments with Abba Kyari. On 20th May 2020, Hushpuppi sent Abba Kyari transaction receipts for two transactions from accounts at Nigerian banks, Guarantee Trust Bank and Zenith Bank of a person Hushpuppi knew in the United Arab Emirate, a person also arrested alongside with Hushpuppi in his apartment in the United Arab Emirate by Dubai Police on 9th June 2020 to a Nigerian bank accounts of another person in Nigeria.
“The amounts on the transaction receipts is approximately #8 million Nigerian Naira, which was approximately $20,600 based on publicly available exchange rate information.”